Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Airport Terminal Dedication and Tales of WWII

The Winston- Louisville Airport was abuzz with planes, politicians and dignitaries on Saturday for the dedication of the new terminal building at the facility. The W. Pruitt Lee Terminal was named after a Winston County resident who flew combat missions as a co-pilot in WWII.

Mr Lee was in attendance on Saturday morning for the ceremony and is shown here accepting a U.S. flag from Congressman Gregg Harper.

The local airport has undergone major renovation, construction and repair over the last two years. The terminal dedication and the appearance of an assortment of vintage WWII aircraft was a celebration of these improvements.

On Friday, September 26, local media had the opportunity to fly in one of these vintage planes along with Mr. Pruitt Lee. The 30 minute flight in a PBJ (the Navy's version of a B-25 bomber) brought back memories for the former pilot who took the opportunity to detail his flight  that resulted in a crash and his serious injury. The video below is roughly 5 minutes in length.